Recitative Rec`i*ta*tive" (r[e^]s`[i^]*t[.a]*t[=e]v"), n. [It. recitativo, or F. r['e]citatif. See {Recite}.] (Mus.) A species of musical recitation in which the words are delivered in a manner resembling that of ordinary declamation; also, a piece of music intended for such recitation; -- opposed to {melisma}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Recitative — IPA|/rɛsɪtə ti:v/ (also known by its Italian name recitativo (IPA|/retʃita ti:vo/)) is a style of delivery (much used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas) in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms of ordinary speech. The mostly syllabic… …   Wikipedia

  • Recitative — Rec i*ta*tive , a. Of or pertaining to recitation; intended for musical recitation or declamation; in the style or manner of recitative. {Rec i*ta*tive ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recitative — [res΄ə tə tēv′] n. [It recitativo < L recitare,RECITE] Music 1. a type of declamatory singing, with the rhythm and tempo of speech, but uttered in musical tones, used in the prose parts and dialogue of operas and oratorios 2. a work or passage …   English World dictionary

  • recitative — 1640s, from It. recitativo, from recitato, pp. of recitare, from L. recitare (see RECITE (Cf. recite)). Style of musical declamation intermediate between speech and singing. The Italian form of the word was used in English from 1610s …   Etymology dictionary

  • recitative — ► NOUN ▪ musical declamation of the kind usual in the narrative and dialogue parts of opera and oratorio …   English terms dictionary

  • recitative — recitative1 /res i tay tiv, ri suy teuh /, adj. pertaining to or of the nature of recital. [1855 60; RECITE + ATIVE] recitative2 /res i teuh teev /, Music. adj. 1. of the nature of or resembling recitation or declamation. n. 2. a style of vocal… …   Universalium

  • recitative — UK [ˌresɪtəˈtiːv] / US [ˌresətəˈtɪv] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms recitative : singular recitative plural recitatives music in opera, the ordinary words that are sung or spoken between the important songs …   English dictionary

  • recitative — noun Etymology: Italian recitativo, from recitare to recite, from Latin Date: 1656 1. a rhythmically free vocal style that imitates the natural inflections of speech and that is used for dialogue and narrative in operas and oratorios; also a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Recitative —    Operatic composition originating in the late 16th century for solo singer harmonized by instrumental accompaniment with virtually no meter and whose speech rhythms and phrase structure are determined entirely by the text. Recitative allows… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

  • recitative — récitatif фр. [рэситати/ф] recitative англ. [рэситэти/в] речитатив …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

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